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Expand your counseling knowledge and skills in the areas of substance abuse, addiction and compulsive behaviors in the MS in School Counseling, Addiction Treatment and Recovery specialization.
You’ll complete two foundational addiction courses and choose two out of three other courses specific to addiction and recovery.
As part of the 90-credit CACREP-accredited program, this specialization is designed to prepare students to pursue professional licensure as a school counselor.*
*This specialization is not designed to prepare students to pursue professional licensure in the addictions field. Capella University cannot guarantee eligibility for licensure, endorsement, other professional credentials or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. State licensing boards review each applicant’s completed education, exam scores, supervised experience, criminal history and application materials at the time of license application to determine eligibility. For more information, see the professional licensure disclosures for this program on Capella’s website . Contact your school district for a determination on qualification for a salary advancement.
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Life Planning and Career Development
In this course, learners develop foundational knowledge and skills applicable to career counseling and development. Learners analyze theoretical models of career development as they relate to client interests, aptitudes, personalities, traits, values, and work preferences. In addition, learners explore the ways in which social interests, family relationships, cultural facets, and developmental factors and circumstances resulting from life transitions relate to career development across the lifespan. Learners also discuss legal and ethical issues associated with career counseling practice. For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and BS in Psychology Pre-Counseling learners only. Prerequisite(s): BS in Psychology Pre-Counseling learners require special permission for registration and must have completed PSYC4700 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
|4 quarter credits|
Theories of Addiction Treatment
Learners in this course investigate the nature of addiction problems, studying various theories and models of addiction to evaluate the validity and efficacy of associated treatment approaches. Learners also utilize critical thinking skills in the application of theory to therapeutic work with specific populations. For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MSW, MSW—Advanced Standing, and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Interventions for Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Learners in this course investigate current treatment interventions for substance-related and addictive disorders. In addition, learners evaluate diagnoses for substance-related and addictive disorders and apply appropriate treatment. Topics include inpatient and outpatient treatment options, self-help groups, the use of alternative treatment modalities, and continuum of care including community resources, relapse prevention, and recovery planning. For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MSW, MSW—Advanced Standing, and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Psychopharmacology and Medication Management
Learners in this course examine the neurobiological, behavioral, psychological, and physical effects of psychoactive substances on individuals and analyze the classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medication. Learners also apply principles of psychopharmacology to the clinical practice of counselors and therapists, including consultation and interfacing with the medical community and other systems of care. For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Group Therapy and Treatment of Substance-Related and Addictive Behaviors
In this course, learners explore group counseling as an important aspect of addictions treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention. Learners develop a personal model of group treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders that is informed by counseling and group theories; ethical, legal, and cultural considerations; and group development models. For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MSW, MSW—Advanced Standing, and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
Help improve the lives of young people with addictive disorders and behaviors using theory and research-based methods in the Addiction Treatment and Recovery specialization.
As a graduate, you will be expected to uphold codes of ethics from the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and to champion the highest standards based on the ASCA National Model for Comprehensive School Counseling.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.*
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$497 per credit, 90 total quarter credits, 20 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts. Books, supplies and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50–$175, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our university catalog.
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Applicants to the MS in School Counseling program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
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Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Master of Science in School Counseling, Addiction Treatment and Recovery specialization.
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*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.